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Top 22 Reasons Why Walking Is The Best Exercise
It reduces the risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease by improving circulation and health of the blood vessels.
It strengthens and tones the major muscles of the body, including the heart. It encourages collateral circulation to the heart muscle, which can dramatically increase your chance of surviving a heart attack.
It slows the heart rate by increasing stroke volume (the volume of blood it pumps with one contraction).
It reduces the level to which arterial pressure rises during exercise and stress, and creates a stabilizing effect on blood pressure.
It increases the flexibility of muscles and joints, and reduces aches and pains in the neck, back and other body joints.
It improves mental sharpness and increases the potential for creative thought by increasing the oxygen supply to the brain.
It circulates more oxygen to all body tissues.
It reduces triglyceride (blood-fat) levels.
It gradually increases good cholesterol (HDL) and lowers bad cholesterol (LDL).
It tones up the glandular system and increases thyroid gland output.
The production of red blood cells is increased by the bone marrow and improves lymphatic circulation and blood circulation in general.
It augments the alkaline reserve of the body and improves strength and physical efficiency, which can be significant in an emergency that requires extended effort. It benefits body growth and recovery from trauma.
It helps your muscles to move vital fluids throughout the body, which reduces the work done by the heart. It improves digestion and elimination of body wastes.
It enhances the flow of endorphins, which are the body's own natural tranquilizers, and improves coordination by activating neurotransmitters and training the muscle fibers.
It reduces the incidence of minor illnesses, allergies, headaches and abdominal problems.
It increases the ability to store and utilize nutrients, which increases endurance.
It stimulates the metabolism, and this effect continues burning calories for hours.
It has a hardening and strengthening effect on the bones of the entire skeletal system.
It increases respiratory capacity and aerobic power.
It counteracts fatigue and reduces insomnia.
It slows down the aging process and helps you to present a more youthful appearance.
It improves mental outlook, optimism, morale and self-esteem.
“Where the heart is willing, it will find a thousand ways, but where it is unwilling it will find a thousand excuses.”
---Dayak proverb (Borneo)